With ten books over a thirty-year span, Thomas McGuane has proven himself over and over again "a virtuoso . . . a writer of the first magnitude," as Jonathan Yardley wrote in the New York Times Book Review. "His sheer writing skill is nothing short of amazing." But he has devoted a couple decades more to another sustaining passion: the pursuit of most every sporting fish known to the angler's hopes and dreams. The quarry--from trout and salmon to striped bass, massive tarpon, and chimerical permit--inhabit these thirty-three essays as surely as the characters of a novel, luring the author back to childhood haunts in Michigan and Rhode Island, and on through the stages of his life in San Francisco, Key West, and Montana; from the river in his backyard to the holiest waters of the American fishery, and to such far-flung locales as Ireland, Argentina, New Zealand, and Russia. As he travels with friends, with his son, alone, or in the literary company of Roderick Haig-Brown or Isaak Walton, the fish take him to such subjects as "unfounded opinions" on rods and reels, the classification of anglers according to the flies they prefer, family, and memory--right down to why fisherman lie. "His essay subjects are the stuff of epics," Geoffrey Wolff has written, "and his narratives can make you laugh out loud." Infused with a deep experience of wildlife and the outdoors, dedicated to conservation, reverent and hilarious by turns or at once, The Longest Silence sets the heart pounding for a glimpse of moving water, and demonstrates what a life dedicated to sport reveals about life.
For award-winning writer and poet Kevin Ireland, fishing - especially for the elusive trout - is not an idle pastime but a passionate love affair with the natural world. This fine, funny, beautiful book should be on the shelf of every fisherman and woman - and their long-suffering friends and family. It is a worthy addition to the lexicon of great fishing books, from Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler to Mark Kurlansky's Cod and Thomas McGuane's The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing. Since getting hooked on fishing as a boy, Ireland has punted on wild Irish lakes, clambered over medieval monasteries, looking in drains in order to find out how the monks went fishing, trawled through old texts to discover the origins of the word angle, chewed the fat with other devotees, and spent thousands of hours actually fishing. He has fished in five countries and witnessed (at last count) 15 methods of trying to land the big one, though he confines himself strictly to rod, reel and a floating line. He dispels the myth that fishing is always for the table: as concerns for the fish population increase, and our knowledge and respect for the environment grows, fish are often landed, admired and then returned to where they are allowed to swim away. Thus the fishing experience has changed and indeed been heightened - the angler feels both physically advantaged and spiritually enlarged (and the fish no doubt relieved). How to Catch a Fish is packed with glorious fishing stories that will have you laughing out loud, but Ireland also gives advice on how to get started and, on a serious note, warns of the effects of over-fishing, which threatens oceans and rivers. He also argues for the right of access for everyone through open land to river courses.
Ten percent of all anglers catch 90 percent of the fish taken. It’s really true, and shows that as much as it is enjoyable, fishing can be frustrating when it comes to results. 1001 Fishing Tips is the book that will help any angler crack into fishing’s elite successful 10 percent, the group that catches more fish and has more fun every time they get out fishing. Revealed here in quick-read, info-laden nuggets of angling wisdom are the secrets and techniques that make the difference between success and failure. Fishing isn’t just luck: it’s know-how and timing, presenting the right bait and lure at the right places at the right time. Coverage focuses on the most popular freshwater game fish—including trout, bass, crappie, bluegills, walleye, catfish, salmon and pike—and saltwater favorites such as striped bass, bluefish, flounder, redfish, weakfish and sea trout. The techniques presented are for rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, estuaries and inlets, bays, beaches, and off-shore hotspots. More fish, bigger fish, more fun—1001 Fishing Tips makes it happen.
Author: New York Times Staff
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Literary Criticism
This anthology examines Love's Labours Lost from a variety of perspectives and through a wide range of materials. Selections discuss the play in terms of historical context, dating, and sources; character analysis; comic elements and verbal conceits; evidence of authorship; performance analysis; and feminist interpretations. Alongside theater reviews, production photographs, and critical commentary, the volume also includes essays written by practicing theater artists who have worked on the play. An index by name, literary work, and concept rounds out this valuable resource.
Jeff Talbot is joining his fishing buddies for their annual trip. He is also trying to coordinate the listing and transportation of his latest haul of antiques. When he arrives at the Northwest Territory Bait and Tackle shop for supplies, he joins his fishing friend, the Judge. Together they find their friend and shop owner, Bill Rhodes murdered. Throughout the fishing trip weekend, Jeff finds himself assisting the local sheriff's department in the investigation. While helping the local law enforcement, Jeff forwards pertinent data to his home computer. When he returns home from his fishing trip, he finds Sheila, his agoraphobic wife, missing. Using former FBI resources, friends and Seattle's police, the search for Sheila Talbot begins. As Jeff searches, he finds her disappearance clearly linked to the murder.
Author: Thomas McGuane
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2010-06-16
This is the story of the Whitelaws, a family whose values are as far flung as the territory they helped settle, and whose most recent generations have pioneered the landscape of dysfunction. The patriarch, Sunny Jim, exerts his perverse control even posthumously, by means of a last will and testament that binds the family fortune to a marriage that ought, by general consent, to be rent asunder. The charms of this particular son-in-law, lately released from prison, are potent if short-lived; Evelyn Whitelaw, his estranged wife, is quite literally bedevilled by them. And as her mother and sister court this twisted inheritance, her own yearnings point toward a way of life once habitual on the western plains but now embodied only by Bill Champion, the family's ranch foreman and Evelyn's one true compass. The Cadence of Grass is at once an elegy and a masterpiece of savage comedy from one of the most compelling novelists writing today.
A collection of essays, poems, stories, and reminiscences offers a heartwarming study of the bond between fathers and their children from the perspective of a shared love of fishing, in a collection that features contributions by Norman Maclean, William G. Tapply, Thomas McGuane, Jack Hemingway, and Howell Raines, among others. Original.
Including Jimmy Carter's Fishing with My Daddy, Ernest Hemingway's The Garden of Eden, and Zane Grey's The First Thousand Pounder, this celebration of the human bonds forged over a rod features the works of literary giants who have found meaning and fulfillment in fishing. 15,000 first printing.
Μια τετραμελής ομάδα –μια ψυχολόγος, μια βιολόγος, μια ανθρωπολόγος και μια χωρομέτρης– στέλνεται να εξερευνήσει την αποκλεισμένη, μυστηριώδη Περιοχή Χ (είναι η δωδέκατη αποστολή που αναλαμβάνει τούτη την εξερεύνηση). Εκεί, μες στην παρθένα ερημιά, όπου δεν απομένουν παρά μόνο τα χαλάσματα ενός εγκαταλειμμένου χωριού, τα τέσσερα μέλη βρίσκουν έναν μυστηριώδη πύργο βυθισμένο στη γη, που στους τοίχους του ξετυλίγεται μια παράξενη γραφή φτιαγμένη από μύκητες, και στην άλλη άκρη της Περιοχής Χ ένα φάρο με ίχνη, μέσα, ενός τρομερού μακελειού. Πατώντας στέρεα στη λογοτεχνία του Χ. Φ. Λάβκραφτ και του Τζ. Γκ. Μπάλαρντ, μα και στο Σολάρις, ίσως, του Στάνισλαβ Λεμ, και στην αίσθηση που δίνει μια ταινία όπως το Στάλκερ του Αντρέι Ταρκόφσκι, ο Τζεφ Βάντερμιερ στον Αφανισμό (βραβευμένο με το Βραβείο Nebula το 2014), το πρώτο μυθιστόρημα της Τριλογίας της Νότιας Ζώνης, πλάθει μια εφιαλτική και συνάμα μαγευτική μα εντελώς μοναδική ιστορία επιστημονικής φαντασίας, ένα από εκείνα τα σπάνια βιβλία που εντέλει, και παρά τις όποιες ομοιότητες και αναφορές, στέκουν μόνα τους, δίχως στην πραγματικότητα να έχουν όμοιό τους.